Hartford, Conn. - Senior co-captain forward Stan Grayson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) totaled a career-high 25 points, sinking 12 out of 17 shots from the field, 10 rebounds, four assists, and three steals to lead the visiting Wesleyan University Cardinals to a 68-52 win over the Trinity College Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's basketball action this afternoon at Oosting Gymnasium. The Bantams fall to 4-9 overall and 1-1 in the NESCAC, while the Cardinals improve to 5-9 overall and 1-1 in the league with their first win in four games and their first win over Trinity in the last six meetings between the teams.
Trinity led, 32-31, at the half on a three-pointer in the final minute by sophomore guard Ian Fels (Miami, Fla.), but Wesleyan scored seven quick points to open the second half, including four by Grayson, to ignite a 28-8 run over the first 12 minutes after the break. A three-pointer by Cardinal freshman Jason Mendell (Bedford, N.Y.), who scored all 12 of his points in the second stanza, gave Wesleyan its largest lead of the game at 59-40 with eight minutes on the clock, and Trinity could get no closer than 15 points behind the rest of the way.
The Bantams had led in the first half, 22-12, after a pair of free throws by senior co-captain Paul Rowe (Brooklyn, N.Y.) with just under nine minutes on the clock, but Wesleyan fought back and took a 31-26 lead at the 2:07 mark before a traditional three-point play by Bantam senior co-captain forward Aaron Westbrooks (Dublin, Ireland) and Fels' late three gave Trinity the lead at halftime.
Trinity shot 22.6 percent from the field in the second half (7-for-31) and 32.2 percent for the game (19-for-59), while Wesleyan outboarded the Bantams, 40-26. Rowe paced the Bantams with 12 points, making all eight of his tries from the foul line, and added a pair of blocked shots, while sophomore forward Tim Dunn (Holyoke, Mass.) totaled all of his 10 points and team-high six boards in the first half. Wesleyan sophomore forward David Maltz (Rosemont, Pa.) finished with 12 points and seven rebounds, while classmate Michael Battle (Arlington, Va.) added 10 points off the bench, and junior guard Steve Tolbert (Chatsworth, Calif.) distributed seven assists.